Christiane Stephan

Christiane Stephan has been Research Associate at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection from July 2013 until December 2017. Besides several research activities and organising two DAAD Alumni seminars on disaster related topics in 2013 and 2015 as part of the RiskNCrisis team,  since 2016 she was collaborating researcher in the research group BigWa – Civil protection within societal change, leading an empirical study on motivations and challenges of volunteers in civil protection organisations in Germany. Until the end of 2016 she also worked as project manager in the research project KIRMin, funded by BMBF

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After finishig her PhD on social practices of flood risk management in Mexico in December 2017, she has currently started working as Postdoctoral Researcher at University Bonn, Department of Geography. For more information and contact data, please proceed to the personal website at the Team Development Research at Department of Geography.

Her main research interests lie in the fields of

  • social geography,
  • social practice theory,
  • qualitative methods
  • visual methods
  • disaster & risk research

Conference papers & presentations

“Creating riskscapes – social practices of flood risk management in Mexico and global DRR strategies.” Paper presented at Deutscher Kongress für Geographie, University of Tübingen, September 30th, 2017

“Integrated practices of early warning along the Usumacinta River in Mexico.” Scientific poster presented during Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference in preparation to the UNISDR Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, May 22nd, 2017 (see also: DKKV Newsletter August 2017)

“Inter- and transdisciplinary approaches for research on disaster risk management Empirical examples from Mexico and Germany.” Presentation at the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway University London, March 9th, 2017

“Riskscapes und Schatzki´s  Site Ontology am Fluss Usumacinta –Soziale Praktiken und resultierende Konflikte im Hochwassermanagement am Beispiel empirischer Forschungen aus Chiapas, Mexiko.” Paper presented at the colloquium for cultural geography at University Erlangen, December 14th, 2016

“Risk governance concepts and strategies – Current approaches in the field of Critical Infrastructures in Germany.” Paper presented in the Joint Master Programm “Geographies of Risk” at UNU-EHS and University Bonn, December 9th, 2016

“Understanding practices of risk making and risk management
A “riskscape” approach for analysing social & spatial practices related to climate risks in Chiapas, Mexico.” Paper presented at the conference of the Royal Anthropological Association “Anthropology, Weather and Climate Change”, RAI London, May 28th 2016

“Flood risk under construction and negotiation – Everyday practices of dealing with flood & other risks at the Usumacinta River in Chiapas, Mexico.” Paper presented at research colloquium of the Centre for InterAmerican Studies, University Bielefeld, April 19th 2016

„Die Konstruktion von Hochwasserrisiken & Schutzmaßnahmen unter Beachtung territorialer Machtverhältnisse. Aushandlungen zur Deutungsmacht über Risiken zwischen lokaler, nationaler und globaler Ebene in Chiapas, Mexiko.“ Paper presented at Deutscher Kongress für Geographie in Berlin, October 3rd 2015

„Strategien des Lebens und Überlebens am Usumacinta. Lokale & globale Interessen am wasserreichsten Fluss Mesoamerikas am Beispiel Chiapas, Mexiko.“ Paper presented at Deutscher Kongress für Geographie in Berlin, October 4th 2015

“Imagining and negotiating disaster risks and territory – Options for resilient action? Empirical case study in Chiapas, Mexico” Paper presented at the 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association in Prague, August 27th 2015

“Negotiation about flood risks and territory – A Mexican case study on Riskscapes?” Paper presented at the Riskscape Workshop at University Bonn, April 30th 2015

“Disaster Resilience in Chiapas, Mexico – Different perspectives & strategies in a tense political context“, Paper presented at the lecture series “Risky Monday” at CUAS Cologne, January 12th 2015

„Jenseits von Natur und Kultur – Der Nutzen einer kritischen Reflektion für die Geographie“. Paper presented in the session Gesellschaftliche Naturverhältnisse during the Forschungswerkstatt Kritische Geographie in Hamburg, May 5th 2014

“Mutual Learning for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation”. Workshop held at the DAAD Alumni Summer School 2013 – Coping with Disasters & Climate Extremes by CUAS Cologne & UNU-EHS Bonn, Novermber 7th 2013

Publications

Stephan, C, Norf, C & Fekete, A (2017): How “Sustainable” are Post-disaster Measures? Lessons to Be Learned a Decade After the 2004 Tsunami in the Indian Ocean. In: International Journal of Disaster Risk Science 8 (1): 33-45. doi:10.1007/s13753-017-0113-1

Stephan, C. (upcoming): Knowledge transfer, exchange and mutual learning for Disaster Risk Reduction – Conceptual and epistemological challenges. UNU-EHS working papers.

Co-Editor of the Paper Series “Integrative Risk and Security Research”

Fekete, A, Grinda, C, Norf, C (2016) Resilienz in der Risiko- und Katastrophenforschung – Perspektiven für disziplinübergreifende Arbeitsfelder. In: Wink, R (Ed.) Multidisziplinäre Perspektiven der Resilienzforschung. Studien zur Resilienzforschung (Bd. 1). Springer, Wiesbaden: 215-232. ISBN 978-3-658-09622-9.

Fekete, A, Grinda, C & Norf, C (Eds.) (2015) Macht allein Schaden klug? Wissen, Erfahrung und Lernen im Umgang mit Risiken – Beiträge aus Wissenschaft und Praxis zum 27. Treffen des Arbeitskreises Naturgefahren/Naturrisiken. Integrative Risk and Security Research, 3/2015.

Fekete, A, Grinda, C & Norf, C (2015) Macht Schaden klug? Überlegungen zu Wissen, Erfahrung, und Lernen im Umgang mit Risiken. In: Fekete, A, Grinda, C & Norf, C (Eds.) Macht allein Schaden klug? Wissen, Erfahrung und Lernen im Umgang mit Risiken – Beiträge aus Wissenschaft und Praxis zum 27. Treffen des Arbeitskreises Naturgefahren/Naturrisiken. Integrative Risk and Security Research, 3/2015, 90-93.

Grinda, C., Norf, C., Blätgen, T. & A. Fekete (Eds.) (2015): Country profiles of climate and disaster extremes in 16 countries. Results of the 2013 DAAD Alumni Summer School. Integrative Risk and Security Research Vol. 1/2015.

Fekete, A,  Grinda, C , Norf, C (2014) Increasing Hazards – Increasing Policies – Increasing Usage of Resilience? Survey amongst the Participants of the 2013 DAAD Alumni Summer School. In: Norf, C. et al. (Eds.) Coping with Disasters and Climate Extremes – Challenges & Cooperation Potential. Research Contributions to DAAD Alumni Summer School 2013. Integrative Risk and Security Research, 1/2014. 38-41.

Fekete, A, Grinda, C, Norf, C & Blätgen, T (2014) Coping with Disasters and Climate Extremes – Challenges & Cooperation Potential. Portfolio and Summary of the Event. Portfolio and Summary of the Event, Cologne University of Applied Sciences and United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security, Cologne and Bonn.

Stephan, C. & A. Stamm (2010): Faire Wertschöpfungsketten. Sozialverträgliche Formen der Modernisierung in Sri Lankas Zimtsektor. In: Fischer, K. & C. Reiter & C. Staritz (Hrsg.): Globale Güterketten. Weltweite Arbeitsteilung und ungleiche Entwicklung. Historische Sozialkunde / International Entwicklung 29. Wien.

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